By DEB WUETHRICH
Kerry Hamilton-Smith will serve as Interim Director of the Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Department, according to City Manager Kevin Welch’s report submitted to Tecumseh City Council on Monday night. Hamilton-Smith will step in to temporarily fill a spot being vacated by Pat Paul Sorise, who will be retiring Sept. 8 after 20 years of service to the city. Sara Distelrath, Recreation Supervisor, also is leaving.
Welch wrote in the report that Hamilton-Smith, who previously served as interim director for the Tecumseh Area Chamber of Commerce, has agreed to serve as interim manager until a new Director has been hired. Welch said, “She has a wealth of knowledge and a dependable, positive personality. I anticipate a smooth transition for the next Parks and Recreation Manager.”
Mayor Harvey Schmidt also read a proclamation at Monday night’s Tecumseh City Council meeting proclaiming Sunday, Aug. 23 as 10-11 Year-Old Girls’ Little League Champion Day in Tecumseh. The girls and their coaches, Dave Marko and Jim Hatfield, were on hand to receive recognition from the mayor and Tecumseh City Council members.
Marko said that the girls had worked hard and under pressure for around six weeks to face “the very tough Clinton team” and prevailed. “This is the highest we can go at this level,” he said.
“The girls really stepped it up, and it really paid off at the end,” said Hatfield.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Tecumseh resident Mary Winicker asked if the council had any thoughts on holding a referendum to ask city residents for approval or disapproval regarding water to potentially be used by CANAM, a water-bottling facility that has expressed interest in locating in the city.